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Cutting back on meat? You’re a reducetarian

Cutting back on meat? You’re a reducetarian

BY CATHIE ANDERSON SACRAMENTO BEE/TNS SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After giving up meat, Brian Kateman returned home to Staten Island, New York for Thanksgiving dinner and under pressure from his family, he grabbed a piece of turkey. “In that moment, my sister, as siblings will do, took the opportunity to call me out on it and […]

Studies: Coffee drinkers live longer, have lower risk of disease

Studies: Coffee drinkers live longer, have lower risk of disease

BY BRADLEY J. FIKES SAN DIEGO UNION -TRIBUNE/TNS Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released this month that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health. The studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who were tracked over many years. They found that coffee-drinking […]

Florida Zika cases top 100 this year

Florida Zika cases top 100 this year

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida has had 101 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus this year, with most involving people who brought the virus into the state after being infected elsewhere, according to numbers posted on the state Department of Health website. The total includes 75 “travel-related” infections this year and six cases in […]

‘OBAMACARE’ FIGHT CONTINUES

‘OBAMACARE’ FIGHT CONTINUES

As Congress goes on recess, Republican senators get an earful from constituents, including a ‘die-in’ at Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s office. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – The abrupt decision Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to temporarily shelve a vote on the Republican Obamacare overhaul gives him a few extra weeks to build […]

Researchers cite progress in cancer treatment

Researchers cite progress in cancer treatment

Johns Hopkins team has discovered that two drugs can slow metastasis significantly. BY CARRIE WELLS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She […]

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples

BY LYDIA ZURAW KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem too. The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of […]

Vaccination could be necessary before traveling abroad

Vaccination could be necessary before traveling abroad

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS If you are planning a trip abroad, you may need to make an appointment to see a medical provider along with making your travel plans. “Anybody who’s going abroad, particularly to a developing part of the world, should be evaluated or contact a local travel clinic because there are many things […]

Another challenge for HIV patients

Another challenge for HIV patients

Long-term study will explore way to curb heart attacks BY MEREDITH COHN BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — People infected with HIV can now live long, healthy lives — so long as they don’t have a heart attack. Cardiovascular problems among HIV patients are emerging as the latest threat they face and a major challenge for medical […]

Jacksonville children’s hospital challenges trauma center denial

Jacksonville children’s hospital challenges trauma center denial

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Jacksonville children’s hospital is challenging a decision by the Florida Department of Health that prevented the hospital from opening a trauma center. Wolfson Children’s Hospital wants an administrative law judge to back arguments that it should be allowed to open what is known as a “provisional” pediatric trauma center, […]

Considering surgery? Here are questions to ask doctor

Considering surgery? Here are questions to ask doctor

BY MIKE BAKER SEATTLE TIMES/TNS Surgery is a daunting moment in patients’ lives, with high-stakes decisions made difficult by jargon, uncertainty and a lack of public information that could help determine the best path. In conversations with doctors, nurses and independent patient advocates, The Seattle Times has gathered advice to consider when you face surgery. […]

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